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I would like to invite any of you interested in etextbooks, opent textbooks, and the recognition of OER scholarly writing to join me at a one-day symposium on institution and state level digital textbook initiatives. This symposium is being hosted by the Florida Distance Learning Consortium and is funded through our FIPSE grant. 

The goal of the Developing a Digital Textbook Strategy for Your Campus symposium is to provide attendees with an understanding of the national trends, exposure to the prevailing models for both publisher digital textbooks and open textbooks, and an opportunity to participate in panel discussions dealing with the various issues surrounding the diverse models. Faculty, policy makers, and experts from Florida and across the country will describe their digital and opent textbook programs, policies, results, and best practices. Two panel discussion will provide you with an opportunity to share your comments and ask questions. The first panel includes digital textbook providers and an open textbook provider, and the second speakers from other state systems and institutions that have established digital textbook programs. Printable Flyer 

To address recognition and rewards of OER and open textbook scholarly writing, we have lined up Diane Harley from UC Berkeley as our key note speaker. Diane Harley is the principal investigator of Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning, Locus, and Futureand principal author, and co-principal investigator with C. Judson King, of Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An In-depth Study of Faculty Needs in Seven Disciplines (both part of The Future of Scholarly Communication Project and funded by the A.W. Mellon Foundation). She is also the principal investigator of the Open and Affordable Textbooks Project.

Registration fee: $40.00 Space is limited to 180 so you will want to register right away.  

All the best,


Robin Donaldson

Project Manager, The Orange Grove
Florida Distance Learning Consortium
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